If you’re anything like me, you love to experiment with hair products and try different styles from YouTube. Like most, there has probably come a time when you followed a hair tutorial step by step to perfection, but your results were anything but that. So why does this happen? It’s because everyone’s hair is different and requires different products or methods to achieve similar looks. We keep striving for that one desired look, but can not achieve it due to not knowing our hair type. If you’re not sure of your’s, keep reading and discover perfect results.
First step of getting great results of a hairstyle at home is to understand what hair texture you have. Reference this chart to figure your strand type. On a scale 1-4 ,”1,” represents the straightest hair and “4,” represents kinky/curly hair.
For those with 1-2C type hair, your strands may feel frizzy before styling. Your desired look is that extra body, bounce and shine–so what do you do? Reach for the flat iron and try to add it. STOP! Excess heat may put you at risk for heat damage. Try these tips:
1.Use an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner.
2. Check your brushes– use a boar brush instead of nylon brush. Boar=Shine, Nylon=Breakage
3.Finish your blow drys on the cool setting to set your look and add smoothing creams/oils
For the women with the 3A-3C type hair, you may be the most envied of them all. You’re right in between too straight and too curly. Everyone may think that you have the “perfect hair,” but you know the struggle of your hair type. The most desired look for this type is avoiding bushy hair. Try these tips:
1. Moister is key. Find a conditioner that treats your curls like royalty.
2. Instead of using a blow dryer to finish your style, invest in a diffuser. This way your curl pattern will not be disturbed by the wild winds of the blowdryer.
For the iconic Afro look of the 4A-4C spectrum, the most desired look for this hair type is a bomb twist out. Do your twist outs come out looking frizzy, poofy and no good? Try these tips:
1.Use an awesome conditioner with great slip and moisture to help the detangle process to go smoother.
2.For the strongest hold, wet the hair completely
3. Avoid gels and try creams and puddings–this will allow for softer, bouncer curls
4. Make sure twists are completely dry before taking down. If air drying is too long of a wait, invest in a hooded dryer or a hand blow dryer to get excessive wet strand dry.